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Military Pathways®

(DoD Mental Health Self-Assessment (MHSA) Program)

Background

Military Pathways formerly the Mental Health Self-Assessment Program® provides free, anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments for family members and service personnel in all branches including the National Guard and Reserve. The self-assessments are a series of questions that, when linked together, help create a picture of how an individual is feeling and whether they could benefit from talking to a health professional. The assessments address depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder, alcohol use and bipolar disorder and are available online, over the phone, and at special events held at installations worldwide. After an individual completes a self-assessment, s/he is provided with referral information including services provided through the Department of Defense and Veteran Affairs. To take a free, anonymous self-assessment, visit www.MilitaryMentalHealth.org or call 1-877-877-3647.

Services Include:
  • In-Person Screening Events
    • In-person events provide the opportunity to educate individuals about the signs and symptoms of mental health and alcohol use disorders, raise awareness about the resources available, and provide an opportunity for those at risk to speak with a clinician about their personal situations.

  • National Alcohol Screening Day Kit
    • Materials include: educational brochures on alcohol misuse, screening forms (the AUDIT), scoring instructions, promotional material that directs participants to the online and phone screening, and a “how to” guide to help run and promote an event
    • Kit serves 500 students. A Spanish kit is available for 50 participants

  • National Depression Screening Day Kit
    • Materials include: educational brochures about posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, generalized anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder, screening forms, scoring instructions, promotional material that directs participants to the online and phone screening, , and a “how to” guide to help run and promote an event
    • Kit serves 500 students. A Spanish language kit is available for 50 participants

  • Family Resiliency Kit
    • Materials include: educational materials addressing mood, anxiety disorders, alcohol use disorders, family resiliency, and brochures on helping children cope, A Different Kind of Courage DVD and implementers guide, promotional materials, optional questionnaires for clinicians to screen for various mental health disorders, alcohol misuse and for parents concerned about their adolescent’s mental health, Sesame Street’s Talk, Listen, Connect DVD
    • Perfect for Family Readiness Groups, Chaplains, and other groups helping military families throughout the deployment cycle.
    • Kit serves 300 students. Kit is not available in Spanish

  • SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program
    • Available for middle and high schools serving military children in the U.S and overseas
    • Secondary schools participating in the program receive the following kit materials: an education DVD and discussion guide, screening forms for students (for optional use), training video for staff (for high schools only, parent information and educational materials and promotional items
    • Signs of Suicide Booster Program available for high school seniors
    • Kit serves 300 students. Kit is not available in Spanish
    • Military Pathways materials are provided to military installations, units and groups at no charge.

  • Video Doctor
    • An anonymous, web-based program that gives service members and their families the opportunity to consult with a video doctor from their computer about issues related to depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). By simulating a doctor/patient conversation, the Video Doctor program guides participants through a series of questions about their emotional well-being and their readiness to seek help. The program also provides self-care tips and recommendations on how and where to access mental health resources. The program appears after the participant completes a screening with the results.
    • Military Pathways will launch new video doctor components for generalized anxiety disorder and alcohol use disorders in the summer of 2011.

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